New Jersey Policy Perspective produces independent research and analysis on policy solutions to advance social, economic, and racial justice. From data-driven reports to policy briefs and explainers, we work to provide lawmakers, legislative staff, advocates, community leaders, and reporters with the facts and figures behind the most pressing policy issues facing the Garden State.

New York Approves $2.1 Billion Relief Fund for Immigrants — New Jersey Should Do the Same

New York’s Excluded Workers Fund will provide pandemic relief to approximately 290,000 immigrant workers.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 2, 2021

New study finds that some of the biggest U.S. corporations paid no federal taxes. New Jersey expands access to the polls.

Roadmap to Electrifying New Jersey’s Public Bus Fleet

A fully electric bus fleet will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions in New Jersey, but also result in significant savings for the state.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 26, 2021

Early voting bill heads to Gov. Murphy's desk. Immigrants' rights advocates unveil a new policy platform.

Cooperation with ICE Deepens Racial and Economic Disparities in New Jersey

Immigration enforcement practices violate human rights, harm public health, and worsen racial disparities.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 19, 2021

New Jersey has the highest rate of new COVID-19 cases in the country. IRS pushes back the federal deadline to file your taxes.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 12, 2021

President Biden signs the American Rescue Plan into law; New Jersey will finally receive some much-needed federal relief!

The State Budget Must Support Those Harmed Most by the Pandemic

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson in support of a state budget that funds New Jersey's pandemic recovery.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 5, 2021

The nation's pandemic recovery stalls due to a lack of consistent federal relief. Gov. Murphy extends utility shutoff moratorium.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 26, 2021

Budget season is back. New Jersey finally legalizes recreational cannabis. Paterson to implement a universal basic income pilot program.

Gov. Murphy’s FY 2022 Budget Address: 5 Key Takeaways

Highlights from Gov. Murphy's FY 2022 budget address, including one big omission.

Higher Education Funding Still Lags Behind Pre-Recession Levels

Years of cuts to higher education, tuition increases, and the diminishing value of financial aid make college less affordable and less accessible.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 19, 2021

New Jersey to prioritize greater vaccine equity. Governor Murphy announces a big investment in clean energy.

Tax Break on PPP Loan Expenses Will Cost New Jersey More Than $1 Billion

State lawmakers give the green light to a $1.2 billion double tax cut on federal grants through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Friday Facts and Figures: February 12, 2021

New Jersey hits major vaccine milestone. New state health exchange is a big success.

The “Whitening” of Camden’s Teachers

As charter school enrollments grow, Camden has fewer Black teachers.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 5, 2021

New coalition launches to abolish the drug war. New Jersey to get more aid from FEMA to respond to the pandemic.

For the People, By the People: New Jersey State Budget 101

Everything you need to know about the New Jersey state budget.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 29, 2021

Open enrollment period extended. Candidates unite in lawsuit to abolish the line.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 22, 2021

New Jersey opens its sixth vaccine megasite. President Biden gets straight to work with a flurry of executive orders.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 15, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden unveils a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package. NJPP reacts to Gov. Murphy's State of the State address.

Reforming WorkFirst NJ Will Help Reduce Child Poverty

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Brittany Holom-Trundy in support of improving WorkFirst NJ to better tackle poverty in New Jersey.

State of the State 2021: Rapid Reaction

Live from the NJPP Zoom room, Sheila, Vineeta, Brittany, Marleina, and Lou react to Governor Murphy's State of the State address (with gifs!).

Friday Facts and Figures: January 8, 2021

This is a dark week for democracy. 

New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Rises to $12 on January 1

New Year’s will bring some relief to New Jersey’s lowest paid workers.
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